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Six Irish people rescued from highest mountain in Sweden after being stranded overnight

Six Irish people were rescued from Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise, after being left stranded overnight.

President of the Swedish Mountain Rescuers National Organisation, Rickard Svedjesten said that rescues are common at this time of year due to misleading good weather during the day, which becomes extremely cold and dangerous at night.

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He said that some of the climbers, who are aged in their 30s, had been wearing t-shirts and shorts.

Svedjesten told RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne that the stranded group had called to alert at 9:30pm on Sunday night, but the rescue was postponed until the following morning due to cloudy conditions.

The group were able to find shelter overnight, before being airlifted and taken to hospital this morning.

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“Last night, the temperature was below zero. It was -10 degrees Celsius,” Svedjesten said.

Everyone in the group is in good condition following the incident.

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